Improving Boys' Literacy CPD

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This training helps Key Stage 2 teachers understand the evidence around boys’ literacy and identify the factors underpinning success, engaging in research and developing their own strategies to close the gap in their school.

"Boys’ underachievement in literacy is not inevitable. It is not simply a result of biological differences; the majority of boys achieve in literacy and are fluent readers."

Boys' Reading Commission, 2012

About the course

Improving Boys’ Literacy is aimed at teachers and literacy leaders working with Key Stage 2. We explore a range of approaches and strategies.

  • Understand evidence in this area and factors underpinning success

    Explore research around the gender gap in literacy, including the differences in attainment and attitudes. We unpick the key areas known to impact boys' success and inform you of the strategies we know work well in tackling these.

  • Identity an area of enquiry based on the characteristics and achievement of boys in their school

    Compare your school’s attainment with the national data in order to identify their specific focus areas for development, be it reading, writing or spoken language. The area identified will become the focus for their project.

  • Develop an action plan with strategies learned from action research

    We provide the content, structure and methodology for participants to produce a whole school/cluster based action research project. The research will explore and address the issues identified back in school with the aim to improve boys’ attainment.

  • Build a learning community of participants

    This joint practice development aims to create an environment of collaborative study. Participants will learn from each other, share practice and examine different approaches and challenges. We encourage the group to take what they have learned back into their schools and trial approaches and see what works best for them.

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Day 1

  • Research findings on the gender gap in literacy and busting surrounding myths
  • Introduction to action research project
  • Breakdown of methodology, evaluation and expectations of the project
  • Barriers to boy’s literacy and effective strategies to overcome these

Day 2

  • Identify the main focus area for research and enquiry
  • The underlying causes of key areas impacting boys’ literacy
  • Tools for success: Effective pedagogy for engaging pupils
  • Developing an action plan

Day 3

  • Participant led sharing of learning, development and findings
  • Parental engagement: importance, potential barriers, and ways to strengthen it
  • Support and resources available with your National Literacy Trust Membership


  • 3 day course: £650 for the first participant, £450 for each colleague*
  • 2 day course: £450 for the first participant, £300 for each colleague*
  • We invite a head or senior leader from each school to attend the first session free of charge

Attendance includes one year's membership of the National Literacy Trust giving all teachers in the school access to a range of resources.

*existing National Literacy Trust Members receive a £100 discount per school for the 3 day course and £50 off per school for the 2 day course.

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Could you host?

We are always looking for enthusiastic schools across the UK to host our training programmes. We ask you to:

  • Provide a teaching space with IT facilities
  • Print resources for the sessions
  • Organise lunch where required

In return, we offer a complimentary place on the course. This is also a great opportunity for you to position yourself as a research-led school.

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Strategic School Improvement Fund

Applications are now open for the third round of DfE funding that can help groups of schools develop targeted literacy provision to improve school performance and pupil attainment.Find out how we can help as a provider of CPD and other expert support.